Quixote Center Team
Kelly Dassow, the Quixote Center’s Operations Manager, has been managing projects for nonprofit organizations for the past ten years. Most recently, she served as General Manager at the Maryland Academy of Technology and Health Sciences. Previous to that, she worked in varying capacities including program management, fund development, and information technology in her home state of North Carolina. Kelly’s current responsibilities include accounting for the Quixote Center’s finances, managing state and federal compliance requirements, and assisting with fundraising efforts. Kelly is currently pursuing her Masters Degree in Business Administration from Morgan State University.
Roz Fischer managed the Nicaraguan Cultural Alliance at the Quixote Center for seven years until the program moved to Baltimore in 2011. She remains at the QC in a part-time capacity, handling all publications orders, helping with mailings, and performing various supporting functions.
Andrew Hochhalter found the Quixote Center in a very unusual way. In January 2011 he started as a volunteer answering phones, entering data, and soaking up the unique Quixote history while finishing his MPP degree at the University of Maryland, College Park. Since then, and now as Associate Director, he has taken on new responsibilities: he coordinates the Quest for Peace, writes articles for the Quixote blog, collaborates on fundraising, newsletters, and planning for the Center’s programs, and does whatever things need to be done.
Ericka Holland became interested in social justice after watching the movie “Dead Man Walking.” She was so profoundly affected by the movie she began researching the criminal justice system. She found out about the Quixote Center after attending a death penalty protest in 1997. In 2005, she came to the Quixote Center to work with the Equal Justice USA project answering inmate mail. In 2006, she began volunteer work with the Grassroots Investigation Project, and is continuing her research work on a part-time basis. When not at the Center, she spends time with her family and her dog, Bailey.
Sometime in high school, Jeremy John accidentally ate the red pill instead of the more harmless blue one, and has been committed to social justice ever since. He’s is a totally untrained and unqualified theologian working to build a praxis-informed Christianity that can disrupt our money-driven society with a Christ-formed “economy” of love that trickles up from the base. In 2003, Jeremy spent six months in prison for civil disobedience while working to close the School of the Americas. He was the Quixote Center’s Tech Director back in 2008. Currently, he coordinates the Crabgrass Christians Initiative here at the Quixote Center.
Dolly (Dolores) Pomerleau is a Maine native, transplanted in Maryland’s fertile soil. The crops have been abundant. She completed an MA in women’s studies at the George Washington University in the late 70s. In 1976, she co-founded the Quixote Center with Bill Callahan. During the ensuing years, Dolly co-founded the Women’s Ordination Conference, Potters for Peace, the Association for Rights of Catholics in the Church, and others. Her work at the Center has included the whole range of activities and responsibilities necessary to keep a vibrant organization moving forward.
Dolly is a potter and a gardener – you can tell by looking at her hands and fingernails. She is also active in her town’s politics, not always a pretty sight.
Technically retired, Dolly continues to work at the Quixote Center on a part-time basis. She loves the staff, the programs, and the outstanding people she has met through her work. Everyone should have a life as blessed as hers.
Tom Ricker previously worked at the Quixote Center from 2001-2008 coordinating policy work on Central America, trade policy and later coordinating Haiti Reborn. He has been back since October 2011 as the director of the Quixote Center. Tom has worked in international solidarity and policy since 1995 as a grassroots activist and staff for organizations like Witness for Peace, Jubilee USA Network and the East Timor and Indonesia Action Network. Tom also teaches government courses for the University of Maryland/University College and is the writer, singer, guitar player for the band Minivan Gogh. Tom currently lives in Houston with his partner Kim and son Benny.
Claudia Whitman is the volunteer coordinator of the Grassroots Investigation Project.